Updated: Although Q-Cells has partnered with a range of PV module manufacturers to fabricate its modules using its own solar cells, CEO Nedim Cen said in a third-quarter conference call with financial analysts that the company is building a 150MW module plant in Thalheim, Germany, which will be dedicated to its ‘Q.Peak’ branded modules. According to Q-Cells the Q-Peak modules employ monocrystalline cells and will be its premium solar module offering. The ramp-up of the module line has already started, Q-Cells confirmed to PV-Tech.
Q-Cells does not have any internal module manufacturing capability since it is still transitioning to an integrated PV systems provider and away from just being a solar cell supplier.
Targeting the residential and commercial rooftop markets with its ‘Q.Peak’ products within Europe, Cen noted that only the highest efficiency cells will used in the module plant, which is designed to meet demand for such products.
Bringing a certain amount of module production in-house could be seen as a way to meet the tightest of quality standards as the company transitions to wanting to become a ‘premier supplier,’ according to Cen.
Q-Cells’ CEO also noted the need to have module production close to its cell R&D centre in Thalheim to speed product development.
Q-Cells declined to reveal the capital expenditure planned for the module facility.
Editor note: The orginal story noted Q.Pro modules would be built at the plant. This was misheard from the conference call. Q-Cells has not officially announced the Q.Peak series.